Have you been predestined? Have you been called? Have you been justified? Have you been glorified? Do you know that God loves you? Do you know that God has done all of those for you? Are you living to fulfill the purpose He has set for you?
We often hear parents tell their children they can be whatever they want to be when they grow up. Why do we lie to our children like that? Especially when it can be a life destroying lie with extremely high expectations. It is extremely rare that any of us end up doing what we thought we wanted to do when we were children. Many times we randomly end up in a profession that we had no thought about.
For example, as a child, I wanted to be a professional baseball player. More specifically, I wanted to play for the St. Louis Cardinals. As I grew older, I realized that dream wasn’t going to come true. I thought I would go on to college and figure out what I wanted to do. Yet by the time I became a senior in high school, I wanted no part of any further schooling. I ended up joining the Marine Corps. I thought I wanted to drive trucks. I ended up working in a warehouse. I decided I had enough of that and got out and…ended up working in a warehouse. I rejoined the Marine Corps and by a strange twist of events ended up in the computer field. When I retired, I continued in the computer field for several years. It is only now that I believe I’m actually pursuing what God wants me to do, which is to become a pastor.
Did you catch all those twists and turns to end up where God wants me to be? In the end, I had very little to do with the choices I made and where I went. I thought I did. People gave me advice. I pondered decisions. Yet, upon reflection, I can see how God led me down a path to put me where He wanted me and provided me the experiences He wanted me to have in order that I would end up where He wanted me to be so I could help others.
After all my experiences and reflections, I now advise people to seek the path God wants them to be on. I found that when we are on the path He has chosen for us is when we are most at peace and experience the most joy.
We should teach our children to seek God’s path for them. We should look at them objectively to determine the skills God has blessed them with. We need to be seeking God’s path for them as well so we can guide them. If we truly have our children’s best interest at heart, we need to stop telling them they can be whatever they want to be and guide them onto God’s path.
I pray we all seek God’s path for our children. I pray we guide them down the path God has blessed them to follow. I pray each one of us will no longer tell our children the lie that they can be whatever they want to be. Seek God. Seek God’s path for you. Seek God’s path for your children. Trust God. Know He is in control.
Romans 8:28-30 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.